**DSS Field Offices are now open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

**DSS Field Offices and our staffed telephone Benefits Center (1-855-6-CONNECT or 1-855-626-6632) are closed on Wednesdays to allow our staff time to process applications, renewals and related work.

**24/7 access: Customers can access benefit and application information, at www.connect.ct.gov and www.ct.gov/dss/apply; or our automated Client Information Line at 1-855-6-CONNECT (1-855-626-6632). More about 24/7 access options at www.ct.gov/dss/fieldoffices.

Child Support

Non-Custodial Parent

There are generally three parties in a child support case: the child(ren), the custodial party and the non-custodial parent. The custodial party is the person/parent who lives with the child and has primary responsibility for care of the child(ren).  The non-custodial parent is often the other biological parent. When a child is in the custody of another family member or in foster care, there may be multiple non-custodial parents.  Regardless of their living arrangement or relationship, both parents should provide financial support for the child(ren).

Parents have a responsibility to financially support their children, and obtaining child support is important to the well-being of children. The Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS), Office of Child Support Services (OCSS) can assist in obtaining a child support order and receiving child support payments. If a person does not already receive child support, the parent, guardian, legal custodian, or person with whom the child(ren) lives can contact DSS/OCSS for assistance in obtaining an order for child support and health care coverage for the child(ren.)

The DSS/ Office of Child Support Services can also assist non-custodial parents (NCP) with establishing paternity, establishing a child support order, how to make payments and how an order will be enforced. NCPs may contact a local DSS office for more information regarding this process.

For the Non-Custodial Parent application, please follow this link:  Application for Non-Custodial Parent